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Finding seasonal job for students during Christmas

By Sarah Copson, Student Support Coordinator at Arden University

Seasonal jobs for students

The nerves of the new term are a distant memory and you’ve settled into student life. The air is turning crisp and the twinkling lights of Christmas have begun to flicker. Thoughts turn to keeping the bank balance afloat as the year comes to an end, and you’re thinking it might be nice to boost your finance at the end of the term, possibly while still having fun; it’s time to look for a seasonal job!

Searching for the right fit

Your university career service will certainly help you to find suitable roles in the industry you have an interest in, and they might provide some support even when it comes to finding a short term occupation. You can always try doing a job search online on career portals to see what’s available out there.

Think about your own interests and overall skills to determine what you would like to work on. This could also give you the opportunity to gain experience in a field of work that could benefit your future career. Use social media and your personal network to explore different possibilities, whether it is a festive cleaning service or dog walking/sitting/grooming. Once you find your passion, you can tailor this to as many or as little hours as you wish, and perhaps develop something independently.

Christmas jobs ideas

Waiting/bar staff: Help bring cheer to restaurant and pub goers by joining the seasonal staff team. The hours may be long, but the rewards are good.

Retail: Notoriously busy through the festive season, retail stores are often on the lookout for temporary seasonal staff and the openings begin early. From clothing stores to electrical, jewellery or entertainment shops, there’s plenty to peak your interest.

Christmas Grotto staff: Search your local shopping centres, garden centres, theme parks and farms - the opportunities are endless for Santa and Elf posts at this time of year. Hours are varied and although it won’t be an easy job, the fun is guaranteed.

Festive floristry: Christmas is a popular time for floral decorations. From grave wreaths to door wreaths, centre pieces to garlands, demand is high for all things natural and festive. Book yourself onto a 1-day course and learn the skills you need to offer your friends and family beautiful centre pieces this Christmas. Use social media as a way of networking and spreading the word of your talent!

Postal/delivery worker: Many postal and delivery companies have a variety of roles available during this busy time of year, from sorting the mail room to delivering out and about on foot or in a van.

Making the most out of your experience

Once you’ve found the perfect temporary job to see you through the period, remember to link your experience through to your CV and LinkedIn profile. Regardless of your chosen career path, employers will appreciate your spirit of initiative in taking on a job while studying.

This seasonal job might be your first, and it will help you gain valuable working experience for the future. The colleagues and managers you will meet on this job will form your first professional network, contacts that might come in handy after you have completed your studies And you never know, it could lead to something more permanent if you wish!

Sarah Copson, Student Support Coordinator at Arden University